Hello again readers, welcome to the second installment of vypr’s exploration of Non-Western art. This post is going to be focusing on a piece of art from the nation of China. Landscape paintings on silk have been a tradition for hundreds of years, and has long been a matter of interest to me.
This particular piece is from the Southern Song Dynasty, which was the period between 1127-1279. The artist is Ma Yuan. “Ma Yuan, a fourth-generation member of a family of painters, was a leading artist at the Southern Song painting academy in Hangzhou. A city of unsurpassed beauty, Hangzhou was graced with pavilions, gardens, and scenic vistas.”
The piece, entitled Scholar by a Waterfall, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (though not currently on display).